By Kerrie Loya This month - join the "Resolution Revolution!"
We have all done it -- made a New Year’s resolution that is destined to fail.It usually goes something like this:
“Starting tomorrow, I will never, NEVER, EVER AGAIN (skip the gym; overeat; smoke another cigarette; compulsively shop online; gossip; yell at my kids, etc.)I mean it!”
I have a suggestion.Why not make 2015 the year of the Resolution Revolution? Rather than an all-or-nothing approach, pick an area of yourself or your life that could use a little wellness.Then, pick one thing that you can easily change and take that step.You will be surprised how easy it is to be successful when your resolution is simplified.Check out a few common New Year’s resolution subjects below with my revolutionary, simple suggestions for success.
I would guess that going on a diet has to be the number one New
Year’s resolution.We’ve all heard that
“diets don’t work”, yet, people still hope that the latest diet will be the one
that works once and for all.Going
vegetarian has gotten a lot of press lately, mainly due to the myriad of health
benefits from a plant-based eating regimen including lower weight, lower cholesterol
and a lower risk of many diseases including cancer.
Now, if your diet currently includes steak, hamburgers and
PopEye’s on a regular basis, going vegetarian cold-turkey is not only going to
be very difficult, but can cause a big shock to your body.The revolutionary solution is to pick one
meal a day to make vegetarian.Breakfast
is easy:a fruit smoothie; organic
granola (use almond milk for extra points!); a homemade muffin.After a few weeks of this, you might be ready
to add another vegetarian meal such as lunch.You can easily switch to vegetable-based salads, soups or
stir-fry’s.You may be surprised to see
your taste for animal protein diminish as you increase the amount of vegetarian
meals you consume.Whether you continue
and become fully vegetarian is an individual choice.Just know that every meal you replace with a
vegetarian meal is improving your health. See our sidebar for several local restaurants with vegetarian offerings!
If you already have an exercise regimen, the New Year is the
perfect time to evaluate it and make positive changes.I’ve been involved in dance and fitness my entire
life and I am always surprised when I hear someone say “I have to go to the gym." This
implies not wanting to go to the gym. Why
would anyone go if they didn’t want to?There are so many great fitness choices now, take the time to try
different programs, experiment a little, and want to exercise.Two
changes I would encourage everyone to try are working with a personal trainer
and adding yoga.A personal trainer can
motivate you, take your workout up a notch and help you achieve fitness goals
more easily.Yoga improves flexibility
and balance, a key to aging gracefully and injury-free.
“I AM ALL ABOUT MY CLIENTS”
Personal trainer Suzanne Cotter says her experience and
personality are what set her apart from other trainers.“I have been a personal trainer for over five
years, and still every day is different!I tell my clients to smile and laugh; I train with a sense of humor and
I think that’s one of the reasons I have been successful.”Suzanne has always wanted to help people and
considered being a nurse when she was young.Now, though, she considers herself to be in the “prevention” business
and urges everyone to get moving.Even
30 minutes of exercise a few days a week is enough to make a real change in
Suzanne teaches aerobics
classes and is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in BSL. She also works
with clients at their home, on the beach, on the bike path or wherever her
clients prefer.In the summer, she also
teaches water aerobics in her saltwater pool. Contact:228-216-9427 or Justsmileandfeelgood@gmail.com.
"Bay Reader" columnist Carole McKellar
What is yoga and why are so many people doing it?Yoga is a system of physical training that has been around for thousands of years. Yoga affects the muscular/skeletal system, reduces anxiety, stress and blood pressure.Yoga greatly increases flexibility, strength, endurance and energy.According to PREVENTION Magazine’s special publication Yoga Now “While here we mainly focus on how we interpret yoga in the West today -- as a workout that tones your muscles, calms your mind, and strengthens your spirit -- it’s important to understand its roots too.Yoga will teach you how you can unify your mind, body and soul, leaving you refreshed, calm, and ready to take on the world (or rather ready to tackle one awesome moment of life at a time).
There are many local options for trying yoga, from classes at gyms, to our own yoga studio, to private, individualized sessions.There are also several different types of yoga that stress a more physical or mental approach.Yoga complements all other forms of exercise, with specific poses for specific needs. “STABILITY, EASE, EXPANSION’ According to owner Rebecca Kronlage, these are the three steps that form the philosophy at Treehouse Yoga.Achieving stability means listening to your body.Finding ease in the poses and stretches taught means you won’t hurt yourself.Expansion is an increase in awareness of yourself and the world around you.
Treehouse Yoga is celebrating its fourth year in business in the former Earthpath Yoga space above the Mockingbird Cafe. Rebecca has been teaching yoga for over 30 years, and she and the other teachers strive to offer a class right for “every body”.They have students from teenagers to mid-80’s.She suggests a private session for those who are nervous about just stepping into a class for the first time.Newcomers can also come to a class and simply lay down and relax in order to simply feel the yoga experience.“Yoga allows us to find the ‘pause button’ in our day-to-day life,” says Rebecca.For class information, check their website.
I have been doing yoga in one form or another for almost 20 years.But, honestly, I didn’t always get it or love it.When I first started, I worked with one of the only DVDs available.While the poses, or Asanas, were difficult, I found the slow pace and mystical music annoying (I was also a runner at the time, clocking 10-12 miles off-road each day).Fast forward 10 years and once again, yoga seemed the thing to do.There was so much more information available! I found a practice that satisfied the athlete in me as well as bringing a new sense of peace and calmness to my crazy life.I was asked to teach at several gyms and yoga studios, and eventually taught my own system of yoga and dance.
I’m thrilled to announce that I will now be doing individualized, private yoga sessions at Essential Elements, a new wellness boutique and studio that I am opening with Nicholas Carter.It will be in the space formerly used by the Alternate Reality Artists Gallery, and feature a highly curated selection of wellness products and up-cycled clothing. Upon completion of a comprehensive questionnaire, each client will receive lessons for a personalized yoga program.For more information, you can contact me at 228-342-5770.
So maybe you are totally happy with your diet and exercise programs.Well, you can still join the Resolution Revolution by thinking carefully about your lifestyle, habits, and the products you use both in your home and on your body.Once again, make small changes, wait until they are completely incorporated into your life, and then go from there.Here are just a few ideas. (Note:for my recommendations on shampoo, body wash and cosmetics, see my December column in the archives).
Pantry: When you run out of flour or sugar, replace it with the organic version.Yes, it will be a few dollars more, but your health is worth it.
Use as many organic vegetables as possible: Did you know you can get Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese at WALMART?I swear your kids won’t know the difference!
Source your food: check to see where your tomatoes and apples are from and buy those from the closest farm.
Everyday:Go outside and take a few, deep breathes.Look at the sky.Smile.Tell someone you love them.Laugh.Be silly.Take a one-day break from Facebook.
Clothing:Have a clothing swap party with your friends.Vow to not buy anything new for a month or more; shop only resale stores and thrift stores instead.Call in reinforcements if you have trouble parting with clothes that you haven’t worn in years.Simplify.
You get it, I hope.When the time comes to buy something for your home or family, simply go organic.It may not seem like it is a big deal, but the first time you do it, you have joined the Resolution Revolution.See you on the front lines.
Mockingbird Cafe(110 South Second Street, BSL):Their veggie burger is made in-house with ingredients including chickpeas, black beans, garlic, carrots and other yummy things.
Serious Bread Bakery (131 Main Street, Suite D, BSL) Try the delicious chickpea salad with feta, tomatoes and olives and a slice of Mr. Al’s amazing bread.
Starfish Cafe: (211 Main St. BSL) Vegetarian spring rolls with crystalized ginger and pomegranate seeds are a frequent special.Deen’s Delight sandwich features sauteed seasonal veggies and hummus.
Cypress Cafe:(300 S. Second Street in the historic City Hall, BSL) Lemony hummus with pita chips.I always ask the chef for gluten-free toast points!They also have a Veggie By the Bay Sandwich and the Garden District wrap which includes hummus and avocado.
Good Karma Cafe (6340 Kiln Delisle Rd, Pass Christian, Gulfport): This vegetarian restaurant offers gluten-free and vegan options.
Thai Sakura:(315 Hwy 90, Waveland) Lots of vegetarian dishes on the menu.Add tofu for extra protein.
Orchid Indian Cuisine:(162 Teagarden Rd., Gulfport) Lunch is buffet-style and includes many delicious, authentic Indian dishes.Many are vegetarian, but animal protein-based dishes are also on the buffet, so read the dish names carefully.
Beth Breland, owner of Face and Body on Main St.,has lost over 40 pounds since July by embarking on a journey to get healthy.
“At first, I started running because I had a broken heart.I could barely run to the end of the street, but I kept at it.”
She also started eating healthy, not dieting, but really cutting out fast food, sodas, and adding lots of fresh vegetables.She’s been working with personal trainer Gina Scamardo at Prestige Fitness in Diamondhead and she can’t believe the increase in strength she has gotten.What are her goals for 2015?
“I need to figure out what I want to accomplish now that I’ve accepted that he’s gone.I still want to lose more weight, and I think I am going to add a flexibility class or yoga to balance out all the cardio and strength training I do.”
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